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From Angkor temples to the Mekong delta

17 Days - 19R_PP
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Cruise

SIEM REAP - ANGKOR - TONLE SAP LAKE - KAMPONG CHHNANG - KAMPONG TRALACH - KOH CHEN - PHNOM PENH - CHAU DOC - SA DEC - CAI BE - MY THO - HO-CHI-MINH CITY - HUE - DA NANG - HOI AN - MY SON - HANOI - HALONG BAY - HANOI

From the heights of the Himalayas to the coast of the China Sea, over the course of its 4500km journey, the River Mekong irrigates much more than Indochina. Wherever it flows, it captivates man and shapes their lives. From the great lake of Tonle Sap and Siem Reap, a city at the foot of the Angkor Sites, to the Delta and Saigon, a town still filled with souvenirs of the French colonial presence, the Mekong today has to work hard to maintain suitable water levels, with many dams along its course, and subjected to a regime of more and more extraordinary monsoons.
The 7-day post-cruise program lets you discover the heart of the two Vietnam regions that were once known as Annam and Tonkin and experience a romantic cruise on a junk across the legendary Halong Bay—between the islands, through the coves, and around the karstic peaks.

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Croisi +
All inclusive on board

A 9-day / 8-night cruise on the Mekong
Personalized service from a CroisiEurope tour leader throughout the cruise
A 4 or 5-anchor ship with much comfort and charm
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All visits and excursions included
Drinks on board the ship
(1 soda or 1 beer or 1 mineral water and 1 coffee or tea)
Tips of the crew during the cruise, guides and buses in Siem Reap
Headsets are included for cruise excursions
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Wonderful navigation in Chao Gao Canal
Discover Ho Chi Minh City and the sites at Angkor
Performance of classical Khmer dancing in Siem Reap
In-depth visit of Vietnam - from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi
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INCLUDED Visits: Hue, Hoi An, My Son et Da Nang
Cruise across Halong Bay on a junk, and discover its extraordinary scenery

Cruise

Day 1

SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

Participation in today‘s activities will be according to your arrival time in Siem Reap. If you arrive between 6.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m., your program will be:
Join the hotel for lunch between 11.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. In the afternoon, we visit the "Senteurs d'Angkor” (or perfume workshop), where they make candles, soaps and prepare spices. Afterwards, we visit the workshops of the "Artisans d'Angkor”, where young Cambodians are trained in the art of traditional wood carving and stonework based on long-standing Khmer craftwork traditions. Dinner and overnight in the hotel 4*LS (for RV Indochine) and 5*LS (for RV Indochine II).

Day 2

SIEM REAP - ANGKOR

After breakfast we set off very early to visit the jewel in the crown of classic Khmer art - the temple at Banteay Srei. The site was cleared from creepers and the forest in 1924 by H. Parmentier. Banteay Srei, which means "the citadel of women” or "citadel of beauty”, is known for the intricacy of its fine carvings, and the detail of the sculptures on every corner of this small temple built in pink sandstone and laterite is a joy to behold. Then we visit the temple at Ta Prohm. Today nature has taken over the site and the result is stunning: trees spring out from the temple buildings and thick roots now cover the temple. Lunch in town. This afternoon we explore Angkor Thom, a huge architectural masterpiece accessible through five monumental gates with the mountain temple of Bayon at its centre. Bayon temple is famous for its towers with 172 faces of Buddha. We have a wander in the heart of the ancient Royal palace where the sanctuary of Phimeanakas is located, then we visit the terrace of the Elephants and the terrace of the Leper King. This evening we have a show of Khmer royal dancing (the Apsara dances) and then a dinner in the city center. After dinner, there is free time to stroll through the "Angkor Night Market” and perhaps do some shopping. It's a very pleasant place for a wander in the cool night-time temperatures (open from 4pm until midnight), with over a hundred shops and stalls selling souvenirs, handicrafts, clothes, books etc. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 3

SIEM REAP - TONLE SAP

After breakfast at the hotel, we visit the famous temple of Angkor Wat, masterpiece of Khmer architecture. This is the most famous and most imposing of all the monuments in Angkor and its five towers have become the emblem on the national flag of Cambodia. After lunch at the hotel, transfer to the pier to embark onboard your ship. Welcome on board and cocktail. Settle into our cabins. Introduction to the crew, then we have dinner. Night at anchor.

Day 4

TONLE SAP - KAMPONG CHHNANG - KAMPONG TRALACH

Breakfast on board and spend the morning cruising to take advantage of the lake crossing. After lunch on board, we arrive in the early afternoon in Kampong Chhnang. Located some 90km from Phnom Penh, the town of Kampong Chhnang is one of the largest fishing ports on the Tonle Sap. Here they also have many fish farms. The region is best known for its fine traditional pottery which is a major source of revenue for the entire country, and the region's very name Kampong Chhnang means "the port of the pottery” in Khmer. Taste some local products before going around the village afloat small local boats. We return on board and continue our cruise to Kampong Tralach. Dinner on board. Night at anchor.

Day 5

KAMPONG TRALACH - KOH CHEN - PHNOM PENH

We have breakfast on board this morning before visiting the beautiful Vihara of the Wat Kampong Tralach Leu pagoda. Cross through the village of Kampong Tralach by ox-cow to reach the pagoda on a small path running perpendicular to the river amidst a magnificent landscape of rice fields. The Vihara dates back to the beginning of last century and has many magnificent wall paintings which are starting to suffer from the effects of time. Completely isolated in the middle of the rice fields, the pagoda is quite unassuming and does not receive many visitors, so its isolation makes it a truly magnificent spot. We return on board for lunch and cast off. Arrive into Koh Chen during the afternoon and visit this small village where the inhabitants are experts in silverwork and copper work. Here they make the ornaments and decorations used during traditional ceremonies in the pagoda or for weddings. Visit school of the village. We return on board and cruise to Phnom Penh where we arrive late in the afternoon Take a "tuk tuk” trip, a motorized tricycle which is the traditional mode of transport in Phnom Penh. During this trip we can discover the more emblematic monuments of the city as the Royal Palace.We return on board and enjoy an Aspara dance show and dinner on board. Night alongside in Phnom Penh.

Day 6

PHNOM PENH

Founded in 1434, the capital of Cambodia retaind much of its French colonial charm, thanks to the rehabilitation of part of its architectural heritage. Visit the Royal palace, symbolic heart of the nation and one of the finest examples of Cambodian architecture in classical Khmer style, the Silver pagoda, paved over 5000 silver tiles which it owes its name. Constructed in wood in 1892 it was then rebuilt in 1962, and. Then we visit the National museum housing the Fine Arts museum, built in 1917 by the French in traditional Khmer architectural style. Beautiful lapidary museum, which the sublime statue of Javayarman VII sits with the head slightly tilted in a meditative posture. Lunch in a local restaurant and this afternoon visit the Tuol Svay Prey School S21, former center of detention, torture and execution used by the Khmer Rouge during the War. There is free time in the "local market” - crammed full with all types of businesses. Return on board and have dinner as we continue our cruise through the night to Vietnam.

Day 7

CHAU DOC - SA DEC

Have breakfast on board and spend the morning afloat. We cross into Vietnam and complete customs formalities at the border. Lunch on board. Arriving in the early afternoon in Chau Doc, a town at the border between Cambodia and Vietnam which became part of Vietnamese territory some 300 years ago. Situated in the heart of a gigantic grid of rice fields, the city of Chau Doc embraces both banks of the Mekong and the floating farms overspill into the waters. Chau Doc is a very prosperous town which developed around fishing and farming. Inside the town, a few colonial buildings with their old fashioned charm still remain. The market which surrounds them is the vibrant heart of the city. We set off by minibus and visit the top of the Sam hill, where we can admire the Phat Thay Tay pagoda and the Ba Chua Xu temple, an important place of pilgrimage for the Vietnamese where it overlooks the vastness of the Delta and its rice fields. By local boat, navigation through the floating-village. We return on board and continue our cruise towards Sa Dec. Dinner and night at anchor.

Day 8

SA DEC - VINH LONG - CAI BE

We have breakfast and continue our journey to Sa Dec, where a few colonial mansions are still in existence. Discover the local market and visit the former dwelling place of Huynh Thuy Le, former lover of the French novelist Marguerite Duras who spent part of her childhood in Sa Dec. Famous for its horticulture, Sa Dec was known as the "garden of the Cochin Chine” in colonial times. Return on board for lunch and continue our cruise towards Vinh Long, located in the middle of the delta region, between two arms of the Mekong and where all of life is organized around the water. Hundreds of boats criss-cross in all directions between houses built on stilts. Set off in boats through the orchards that lead to Caï Be. Here discover the bricks, pottery and chinaware, we see the fruit trees nursery on the island of Binh Hoa Phuoc and also the local traditional craft of rice popcorn, rise wafers for the production of spring rolls and rice alcohol. All in family context to Delta's economy. Return to the ship and continue our cruise. Dinner and overnight on board at anchor.

Day 9

MY THO - HO CHI MINH CITY (SAIGON)

Early morning breakfast on board before we visit the near islands of My Tho in small local boats. Renowned for its many vegetable gardens, fruit orchards, the climate here is hot and pleasant all year long. The surrounding countryside includes one of the most luxuriant gardens in Vietnam with coconut, banana, mango and logan trees. On the largest of the islands, (Thoi Son) we will visit a beekeeping farm where we will taste honey tea and exotic fruits. Very nice navigation onboard local boat (sampans) through the country. We return on board for lunch and continue with our magnificent cruise, taking the Chao Gao canal and heading for Ho Chi Minh City. Dinner and overnight on board in the port of Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 10

HO CHI MINH CITY

We have breakfast this morning before our visit of Ho Chi Minh City, originally named Saigon and built by the French in 1850 at the beginning of French colonial times and the principal port of Vietnam. Take a tour of the city: Reunification palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, Central Post office and the National History museum. We have lunch on board and in the afternoon, departure by coach for the Cu Chi tunnels. A former hiding spot for Viet Cong soldiers, it serves today as a reminder of everyday life during the Vietnam War for both soldiers and civilians. You'll learn all about their clever survival techniques. Return to the ship for our farewell cocktail and gala dinner. Moor for the night in the port of Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11

HO CHI MINH CITY - HUE

After breakfast, we disembark our ship and discover Cholon, the major center of Chinese trade in the capital city. Visit of market and the Thien Han pagoda dedicated to the goddess of the sea. Then, we visit a traditional lacquer-ware factory. After lunch in town, you'll be transferred to the airport and board a flight to Hue. Upon your arrival, you'll be greeted by your local guide and transferred to your 4*LS hotel. Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening.

Day 12

HUE

Enjoy breakfast before visiting the Tombs of Khai Dinh and Tu Duc, and the Tu Hieu Pagoda. We'll have lunch in town. Afterwards, we'll visit the Imperial City. This citadel was built between 1805 and 1832 and is an outstanding example of an eastern feudal capital. We'll also visit the Dong Ba Market, have dinner in the city, and return to the hotel for the night.

Day 13

HUE - DA NANG - HOI AN

Enjoy breakfast before taking a boat along the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda, the tallest religious building in Vietnam. We'll then visit Kim Long Village and have lunch in town. Afterwards, we'll leave for Da Nang, where we'll visit the Museum of Cham Sculpture, which houses the largest collection of these unique works. On our way back, we'll stop off at Vietnam's most picturesque beach, China Beach, named by American troops who visited during the Vietnam War for a little R You'll then be transferred to Hoi An, where you'll check into your 4*LS hotel. We'll have dinner in the city, and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 14

HOI AN - MY SON - HOI AN

Enjoy breakfast before leaving for a tour of My Son, a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and 14th century AD. Afterwards, we'll return to Hoi An, and have lunch in town. This afternoon will be spent visiting Hoi An. The Ancient Town is exceptionally well-preserved and its buildings and street plan reflect the influences that have combined to produce this unique heritage site. Don't miss the Tan Ky House, constructed almost two centuries ago by a Vietnamese merchant. We'll tour the Fujian Assembly Hall, the Phuc Thanh pagoda, and the Japanese Covered Bridge on foot. We'll have dinner in the city, and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 15

HOI AN - DA NANG - HANOI

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the Da Nang airport for a flight to Hanoi. We'll have lunch in town. Afterwards, we'll discover the old quarter of the city by pedi-cab or electric mini-bus. Also known as the "36 Streets”, the quarter reflects the different guilds concentrating their businesses along these streets. During our tour, we'll see many French colonial buildings and Hoan Kiem Lake. We'll finish up our day with a traditional water puppetry show, have dinner in the city, and spend the night at a 3*LS hotel.

Day 16

HANOI - HALONG BAY

Enjoy breakfast before leaving in the morning for Halong Bay (approx. 3.5 hours travel time). We'll be welcomed aboard a 4-star LS junk, enjoy a cocktail, and have lunch on board. We'll begin our cruise to discover the thousands of various limestone islands dotting the emerald-colored bay. We'll have dinner on board and spend the night on the junk.

Day 17

HALONG BAY - HANOI

Rise early with us this morning and participate in a Tai Chi class on deck. We'll continue our cruise through the bay, discovering more of its extraordinary scenery and visiting one of the largest caves. This morning, brunch will be served on board. You'll disembark at 11:00 a.m. and begin the trip back to Hanoi. Before arriving, we'll stop off at the Dinh Bang communal hall, one of the largest and finest communal houses in Vietnam. You'll be served a light dinner before being transferred to the airport for your return trip.
End of our services around 6.00 p.m. at the airport. Please do not book any flights before 8.00 p.m.

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Formalities

Depending on nationality. Each nationality is requested to consult their embassy or consulate.

Included :
Not included

Cruise: the cruise in the category of cabin chosen at booking stage - accommodation in a 1st class hotel in Siem Reap (based on two people sharing) - all meals throughout the tour - visits and excursions as listed in the itinerary - English-speaking national Vietnamese and Cambodian guides - our CroisiEurope Cruise Director throughout the cruise - drinks during all meals (1 soda or 1 beer or 1 water and coffee and tea per person and per meal) - tea, coffee, water unlimited during the cruise - emergency and repatriation insurance - tips (for the crew during the cruise, guide and drivers in Siem Reap).

 

Extended stay: 2 domestic flights - full board - the visits and excursions mentioned in the program - the services of local guides - accommodation in a double room at mentioned hotel or similar - drinks at every meal (1 soda or 1 beer or 1 mineral water and 1 coffee or 1 tea per person per meal) - a cruise aboard a junk, 24 hours, non privatized in Halong Bay - insurance assistance / repatriation

Cruise: international flights - transfers - airport taxes - cancellation and baggage insurance - visas - tips for guides and drivers of buses, boats during the 9 days onboard.

 

Extended stay: tips for guides and drivers (about $35 per passenger) - cancellation/luggage Insurance - airport taxes for domestic flights.

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

RV Indochine II

2 Decks

RV Indochine

2 Decks
These cruises and tours are not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.
 
Crossing the Tonle Sap Lake: when water levels are high, from August to the end of December, the RV Indochine crosses the lake. When water levels are low, from January to April, we cross the lake by air-conditioned coach to join the RV Indochine at Koh Chen (approximately 5 hours).
 
The low water level can happen at any time of the year. The periods are given for information purposes only and depend of the rain quantity.
 
The riverbanks throughout this trip can be steep and slippery according to the level of water.
 
If needed, the route, stops or visits may be changed by the owner and/or our on-site representatives. The captain is the only person authorized to change the route of the ship for safety and/or navigational reasons.
 
No mandatory vaccinations. However, it is advisable to be up to date with all vaccinations (tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, diphtheria and typhoid fever). Your doctor will prescribe an antimalarial drug if necessary.
 
For the Halong Bay cruise, the itinerary and visits are defined by the captain each day and are based on tide and weather conditions. The cruise on Halong Bay can be cancelled in the event of bad conditions.
 
The junk on the Halong Bay is not under the private ownership of CroisiEurope.
 
Domestic and regional flights: Bangkok Airways (PG) between Bangkok and Siem Reap. Vietnam Airlines (VN) for domestic flights within Vietnam.

 

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